In the spring, I had a conversation with a good friend about how the interior design industry has changed recently given the popularity of sites like Houzz and Pinterest. What used to be an intimate face-to-face process has become something that can now take place virtually. Interior designers do not need to walk into your house in order to style a room, they can do it all remotely, and I love this.
Just days after having this discussion, Decorist reached out asking to do a collaboration. I went to their site and was immediately sold. I spent ages and ages looking through the design inspiration, and learning about how the design process works.
I absolutely love gallery walls – we now have them in three rooms of the house. I had been pining a few prints here and there for Isla’s room and recently pulled the trigger on all of them. I wanted to add some color to the very monochromatic room (lots of gold, cream beige, white), but didn’t want anything too bold. After buying the prints, I spent a few weeks scouring frames, then spent last Sunday cutting out kraft paper versions of the frames and arranging and rearranging them on the wall. The whole process takes quite awhile, but it’s totally worth it. I have some space on the left and right to expand the collection if desired!
Do you have a gallery wall in your house?
Top, left to right: Ryan Ray wedding photo, Be You Sugar Paper LA print, Anthropologie giraffe hook, Baby Elephant The Animal Print Shop print, Creme de la Creme Sugar Paper LA card
Bottom, left to right: Ryan Ray wedding photo, Anthropologie elephant hook, Always and Forever Rifle Paper Co. card, Animal Parade Rifle Paper Co. print
Almost three years ago, I got a phone call that everyone dreads from one of my best friends, Kirby. She told me that one of our close high school friends, Dimitri, had been killed in Afghanistan. I was working on a project in Oklahoma City at the time, and I went into an empty meeting room and cried – not for my loss, as I hadn’t seen him in almost two years, but for his family, close friends, and his beautiful new wife – Katie. I had never met her, but had heard wonderful things from one of my friends who had. Dimitri was always the life of the party – he was funny, charismatic, athletic, and smart. We were in the same group of friends, and somehow all the girls were convinced to go to the Del Castillo’s house on the weekends to watch the guys play video games (wild high school years, right?). I have so many good memories of those days!
Anyways, I was so excited to see Katie Del Castillo’s gorgeous Washington, DC apartment featured on The Everygirl. Her taste is impeccable. I seriously adore every single element of her apartment – the ikat couch (reupholstered!), the decorated bar tray, the collage wall, the pink winged chairs? Love it all. Read the article for links to all of these amazing accessories and furniture pieces. Also, read her blog – Life with a Dash of Whimsy – for more indulgence!
PS I’d totally pick lunch with Kate Middleton too. I want to meet her so badly.
If you’ve been reading for the past few months, you are well aware of the renovation of our new home, nicknamed “The Manor” (related to the street name). Sasha surprised me with the house as part of his proposal (read the story here), and we’ve been doing major renovations since early November (think walls being added, moved, etc.): Demolition post, Progress post, Further Progress post, A Lick of Paint post. While we still have work to do – i.e. moving the furniture from my apartment into the house, buying blinds, yard work, buying accessories for the two guest rooms – it’s almost there. I see the finish line! Below are a ton of pictures – I’m dying for the other Maxwell couch to arrive! I’m in love.
Waiting on my futon + lots of books + desk accessories – also want to do a gallery wall above my desk! Need to find the perfect prints…
The Living Room and Entryway
Waiting on the second Maxwell Couch + Paintings/Hanging Pictures
Waiting on new glasses!
*The gold lions above are amazing – I bought them on Etsy here.
Guest Bathroom + Bedrooms
Waiting on… lots.
Master Bedroom + Bathroom + Closet
Waiting on a new rug, accent chair and more clothes
I had another busy house-decorating-weekend filled with multiple trips to Target, Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, West Elm and Anthroplogie. We had the Bluestone Console and Coffee Tables delivered on Saturday and bought chairs to go with the bench and Emmerson dining table that we ordered last week at West Elm. Lots of little decorative pieces were also purchased, and the new garage door was finally installed.The Manor will be completely finished on Wednesday, and we’re having a cleaning crew come in to scrub the place down on Thursday. I am so excited for all of the work to be done so that we can begin putting everything together. Almost there! Seems like ages ago that we were here.
PS Have you seen a Nest yet? It’s Sasha’s favorite little toy. Coolest thermostat ever.
1) Willoughy Dining Chair from West Elm, 2) Porter Leather Dining Chair from West Elm, 3) Jade King Shams and Mosaic King Pillowcases from Crate & Barrel, 4) Nest Thermostat, 5) Pottery Barn Malta Lantern, 6) Scroll Tile Runner Rug (2.5×9) from Pottery Barn